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8/13/14 – 10:30 A.M.

A crash involving an ethanol truck has U.S. 6 closed west of Bowling Green. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at the intersection with Potter Road this morning.

Investigators confirmed one person was killed.

U.S. 6 will be closed in that area until further notice.


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8/13/14 – 9:20 A.M.

A Putnam County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher was recently faced with an unenviable task; dispatching fire trucks to her own home. That’s exactly what happened to Beth Hellman Sunday. Her husband and three children escaped the blaze in their home near Kalida, but they lost everything else…

Audio: Shelly Knippen

Shelly Knippen is helping organize a relief effort for the Hellman family. She says support has been so great over the last two days they’re actually holding off on asking for any more items for the time being…

Audio: Shelly Knippen

Knippen says they are still asking for monetary help though. To find out more on how to donate, go the the “Hellman Family Fire Relief” Facebook page.

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8/13/14 – 6:48 A.M.

Allen County’s “Mystery Woman” has a trial date. The Lima News reports Ann Marie Miller will be tried on October 6. She’s charged with tampering with records and using false information to attempt to gain a state identification card.

Miller’s case gained national attention when she refused to identify herself following her arrest. She had burned off her fingerprints, making identification very difficult. A tip from Florida helped identify the woman.

Miller also faces felony charges in Virginia and Colorado.

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8/13/14 – 5:31 A.M.

The former superintendent of a Hardin County cemetery has pleaded not guilty to several charges. Kentontoday.com reports a lawyer for Shawn Cook entered the pleas Monday afternoon. Cook has been indicted on eight counts of tampering with records, eight counts of money laundering, and sixteen counts of theft in office.

Bond was set at $25,000.

Cook retired in May of 2013 after working for 32 years at Grove Cemetery.

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8/13/14 – 5:23 A.M.

Residents of the Old Fort School District and what was the Bettsville School District won’t see any changes on their taxes this year. Next year will be a different story though. The Review Times reports the districts had their documents filed with the state before Bettsville was transfered into the Old Fort district. As a result tax bills generated for the 2014-2015 fiscal year will be the same as they were in the past.

The next fiscal year will be different. A bond levy for the Bettsville distirct will be shared by residents in Old Fort. The Bettsville Library will be included in the transfer and will become part of the Old Fort School district. That means the Old Fort Board of Education will handle any future levies for the library.

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8/13/14 – 5:14 A.M.

The Hancock Park District is getting new computers. The Courier reports the park board approved spending $9,000 for new equipment during a Tuesday meeting. That will buy eight desktop computers and two laptops.

Park district director Gary Pruitt says the equipment getting replaced was running an obsolete operating system.

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8/13/14 – 5:05 A.M.

A Fostoria driver avoided injury when his car hit a power pole Tuesday afternoon. The Fostoria Police Department reports the crash happened around 1:30 p.m. on North Countyline Street.

Witnesses say the driver of a Saturn L-300 lost control of the car and hit a road sign before smashing into a wooden power pole. The crash caused a live power line to drape across the sidewalk.

The driver of the car was cited for failure to control. Police say the vehicle was owned by 65-year-old Donald Correll.

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8/13/14 – 4:58 A.M.

The debt used to pay for the expansion of the Findlay-Hancock County Library in 1988 has been paid off. The Hancock County Commissioners signed the deed for the building over to the library board during their Tuesday meeting.

In 1988 the county commissioners sold bonds to finance improvements to the library. That decision came after voters defeated a $3 million bond issue in May of that year.

The money from the bonds paid to expand the library to the south at its 206 Broadway location.

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8/12/14 – 11:09 A.M.

Some Hancock County residents will pay less to tap into a new sewer line. The Hancock County Commissioners agreed today to charge residences in the Distribution Drive area $1,000 to connect to the new line. Previously the amount was set at $5,500.

Commissioner Phil Riegle explained the change…

Audio: Phil Riegle

A TIF, or Tax Incriment Financing means that the development pays for infrastructure improvements. Reigle says that because the county didn’t have to get a bond to pay for the work, the commissioners felt the break on the connection fee was fair…

Audio: Phil Riegle

The expansion of Distribution Drive was mostly paid for by Tax Increment Finance funds.

Riegle said the break only applied to five properties.

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8/12/14 – 6:49 A.M.

A 13-year-old Allen County boy has entered the equivalent of a guilty plea to charges stemming from a school threat. The Lima News reports the boy, who has not been named, was charged with two counts of possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone. He’ll be sentenced at a later date.

The teen had planned to kill the principal and assistant principal at Elida Middle School. Investigators say he also planned to attack anyone else who approached him. The boy brought three knives and a box cutter to school, but ended up admitting his plan to the principal instead of carrying out the assault.

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